Funding Helps Realise Vision for Tasman’s Great Taste Trail

Friday 2 March 2018

The region’s two mayors have welcomed the announcement of $2.4 million in Government funding to complete Tasman’s Great Taste Trail.

Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne says the funding will help realise the vision shared by the Tasman District Council, Nelson City Council and Nelson Tasman Cycle Trails Trust.

“This is incredibly exciting and will bring the benefits of the trail to more of our communities – those in Tapawera, Kohatu and the Motueka Valley particularly will experience greater visitor numbers as a result, as well as having access to the cycling opportunities enjoyed by many of our other settlements.

“We certainly appreciate the Ministry’s sharing of our vision and support in matching the funding already provided by ratepayers and local supporters.

“A complete Great Taste Trail will further cement what is already one of the many reasons to come to the region.”

Richard said the Government’s funding was complemented by Tasman District Council funding, currently being consulted on in the Long Term Plan budgets, to extend the trail from Norris Gully to Motueka.

Nelson City Council Mayor Rachel Reese says: “We’re delighted to have received this funding from MBIE. There are already great benefits for Nelson as the gateway to the Great Taste Trail. This planned extension will be another great tourism draw card for the Nelson Tasman region.

"Our Council’s planned contribution of $550,000 over three years to the cost of the trail extension recognises the current and future benefits that cycling and mountain biking tourism brings to our city as well as the wider region.   This is another partnership project that we can all be proud of.”